Fil-Am mentor finds creative ways to teach amid coronavirus lockdown

Don Tagala, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 27 2020 02:16 AM

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NEW YORK - Schools across New York in the US have closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), but math classes continue online for a Filipino-American teacher and his students.

Using wooden yardsticks, cereal boxes, mobile phones, and a laptop, Fil-Am teacher Ram Buenaventura livestreams math classes to his students at the comfort and safety of their homes.

Between 8:30 a.m. to 3:10 p.m., seventh graders from the Renaissance Charter School in Queens logged on to their e-learning school through a teleconferencing app called Zoom.

For Buenaventura, no pandemic can stop them from holding classes.

His math lessons, posted on his YouTube channel, also came in handy in teaching the students.

"I present it in a lively, in a creative, in a different way," he told ABS-CBN News.

However, the shift to online learning poses some challenges, according to some of Buenaventura's students.

"I am able to focus, except like sometimes, I get distracted by my phone," said seventh grader Sebbe Gastra.

Another challenge for Buenaventura is merging 2 classes into one.

"In a class of 60 students, chatting [and] talking to you at the same time, while you’re teaching… that’s so difficult, but I learned how to mute everybody in Zoom," he said.

"They cannot unmute themselves. So masaya ang buhay ni teacher. Nakakapagturo ng walang disruption," he added.

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